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LGBT History Month 2021

To mark LGBT History Month we’ve been flying the Pride Progress Flag at our 3 sites in Stevenage, Bristol, and Bolton. The PRIDE community have taken us on a tour of the recent decades sharing their experiences of these periods and reflecting on the attitudes towards the LGBT community during these times.
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IET Horizons Bursary scheme: Molly's story

Molly, one of our Software Engineering Degree Apprentices, was recently awarded a prestigious bursary from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). We chat to Molly about about what attracted her to engineering as a career, why she chose an apprenticeship at MBDA, and the support she is getting as an apprentice during the scheme.
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Apprenticeship Champion of the Year 2020

We are pleased to share that Melissa, one of our senior engineers in Mechanical Engineering at our Stevenage site, has won the Royal Air Force Award for Apprenticeship Champion of the Year 2020 at the East of England National Apprenticeship Awards 2020. Melissa talks to us about her own apprenticeship experience, and her continued passion for championing apprenticeship opportunities.
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Interview Top Tips

It’s normal to feel nervous ahead of an interview, but we’re on hand to help you prepare and perform your best. Our Resourcing Team has compiled their Top Tips for a successful interview at MBDA.
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EngTech of the Year 2020

We are pleased share that Becky, one of our graduate scheme engineers based at our Bolton site, has jointly won the Institute of Mechanical Engineers 'EngTech of the Year 2020' award. The award recognises the achievements of EngTech members, and the contribution they make to the engineering sector, industry and the wider economy. Entrants must demonstrate outstanding commitment to their professional development. They have to show how they have made a positive difference to their company and how they have made a significant contribution to encouraging young people into engineering careers.
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This Is Engineers Day 2020: Christine, Principal Engineer

This week we supported The Royal Academy of Engineering’s campaign, This Is Engineering, to celebrate and appreciate the engineers that shape our world and tackle some of the biggest global challenges of our age. With only 12% of the engineering workforce being female and just 9% from BAME backgrounds, shifting perceptions of what it’s really like to pursue a career in engineering has never been more important. As part of a nationwide initiative to challenge misconceptions, we've dedicated this week to sharing diverse stories from our own inspirational engineers.  Everyone’s journey to becoming an engineer is unique, and at MBDA we welcome people from all walks of life. Christine, one of our Principal Engineers at our Stevenage site, tells us her story of recently returning to engineering after a 10 year career break.
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This Is Engineering Day 2020: Aditi, Senior Systems Engineer

Yesterday we celebrated This Is Engineering Day 2020, part of The Royal Academy of Engineering’s campaign to celebrate the engineers and engineering shaping the world around us. As part of a nationwide initiative to challenge misconceptions around careers in engineering, we've dedicated this week to sharing stories from our own inspirational engineers.   One of the main barriers to young people pursuing a career in Engineering is the deeply rooted cultural perception of the profession being too mechanical, too technical, and too boring. Aditi, one of our Senior Engineers at our Bristol site, tells us about her experience working with Team Tempest on the UK’s future combat air system, and how summers spent pursuing work experience in the aerospace industry led to being an engineer on the once in a generation programme.
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This Is Engineering Day 2020: Ben, Principal Engineer

This week we're celebrating This Is Engineering Day 2020, part of The Royal Academy of Engineering’s campaign to celebrate Engineers and all things engineering. We're sharing stories from our engineers who are making a difference to MBDA, our colleagues and customers, and our wider communities. First up, Ben - one of our Principal Engineers at our Bolton site, who recently received one of our internal Recognition Awards for his dedication to inspiring the next generation of engineers. Latest figures estimate that there could be a 59,000 engineer shortfall in the UK each year. The work that Engineers like Ben do helps to break down the barriers and misconceptions that prevent young people pursuing careers in engineering.
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World Menopause Awareness Day 2020

World Menopause Day was held on Sunday 18th October to raise awareness of the menopause and the support options available for improving the wellbeing of women who face health issues when approaching, during and beyond the menopause. At MBDA we recognise the impact that the menopause can have on those experiencing it, inside and outside of the workplace, and we strive to ensure these colleagues feel empowered and supported during this time. We had a chat to Sophie in our UK Support Function team, who was the driving force behind Menopause Matters @ MBDA.
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World Mental Health Day 2020

With World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10th October 2020, Andie - one of our Senior Occupational Health Advisors responsible for delivering our mental health and wellbeing strategy - gives us an insight into the support her team have delivered to our people this year.
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No stopping early careers recruitment

MBDA adapted during the UK lockdown to ensure our apprenticeship and graduate scheme applicants didn’t miss out.
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Paving the way for an inclusive future

Our gender balance network SPACE2B has adapted and found new approaches to interacting with their membership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Pride Month 2020 at MBDA

As Pride Month comes to an end we look back at some of the articles and activities that have been shared across our company.
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Supporting new starters

What we did to help make our newest employees transition as smooth as possible during the COVID-19 crisis.
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Virtual Induction Launch

This week, we’re trialing a new approach to Company Inductions at MBDA. With many of our employees working remotely, we will be inviting new joiners to attend a series of virtual talks and presentations, accessible from wherever they are currently working.
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MBDA is proud to recognise IDAHOBIT

Ivy Speight shared how our Pride at MBDA network, which celebrates sexual and gender diversity at MBDA, made a difference for her.
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A day in the life of our occupational health nurses

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every 12th May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. In 2020, the focus is on the “true value of nurses to the people of the world”.
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Engineering apprentice a winner at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2019

Tatiana Peters, a mechanical engineering apprentice, has won The Royal Navy Award for Advanced Apprentice of the Year 2019 in the National Apprenticeship Awards 2019.
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Charity Dinner raises more than £200,000 for good causes

Our annual charity dinner, held in central London on Thursday 14 November 2019, has raised £201,700 for a mixture of local charities and military benevolent funds.
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This is Engineering Day’ the changing image of engineering

A picture paints a thousand words’ has never been so true. In today’s digital age, image is everything.
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Firing the world’s first Brimstone 3

After completing the MBDA graduate scheme as an Integration and Systems Validation Engineer, Alex tells us about his role as a Senior Integration and Systems Validation Engineer in the Brimstone Trials Team.
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MBDA wins Occupational Health & Wellbeing Award

MBDA has been recognised for the support it provides for the physical, mental and social wellbeing of its employees in the UK.
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World Mental Health Day 2019

In recognition of World Mental Health Day 2019 we ask our Mental Health First Aiders and Mental Health & Wellbeing Allies to reflect on the importance of talking about mental health and why it is important to them.
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Power in Numbers: Why I'm proud to champion the LGBTQ+ community

A guest blog from MBDA Pride Network representative for Stevenage, Adam Carter
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MBDA Engineers listed in Top 50 in Engineering

Two of our talented engineers, Chloe Le Grand and Jenny Smith, have made it into The Women in Engineering Society (WES) Top 50 Women in Engineering – Current and Former Apprentices 2019!
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Space2B Celebrate International Women in Engineering Day

As part of our recognition of the centenary year of International Women in Engineering Day, we held a special event at our Bolton site which focused on the power of role models.
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The Primary and Secondary Engineer Leaders Awards 2019

We had the pleasure of being a part of the judging process for the Primary and Secondary Engineering Leader's Awards 2019.
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MBDA RECEIVES THE GOLD AWARD IN THE DEFENCE EMPLOYER RECOGNITION SCHEME (ERS)

After receiving the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award in 2014, we are honoured to announce that we have received the Gold award after passing through the strict selection boards during 2018. We are now amongst only 81 other companies and organisations nationwide that also hold the prestigious award.
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THIS IS ENGINEERING

We are happy to be supporting This is Engineering - a nationwide campaign led by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
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INTRODUCING THE MBDA PRIDE NETWORK

We are pleased to share the launch of Pride at MBDA, an employee network supporting and representing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) employees and their Allies.
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THE SEMTA SKILLS AWARDS 2019

We recognise the great achievements of both our MBDA employees and other organisation's leading the way in in Engineering and Manufacturing at the SEMTA Skills Awards 2019.
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